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Windows 7: Browser launching at startup, virus with a sense of humor?

05 Aug 2011   #11
The111

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Found this:

Quote:
GettingStarted.exe is a key process in operation system, which is responsible for system services that run from dynamic link libraries (files with extension .dll). Because it is used as a common system process, some spyware often uses a process name of "GettingStarted.exe" to disguise itself. By hiding under the fake name - “GettingStarted.exe”, spyware can damage more files and ruin your system gradually. Some spyware inject a .dll file into the authentic GettingStarted.exe process.

You may follow the methods below and see if it helps.
Method 1
a) Press Ctrl+Shft+Esc to invoke Task manager.
b) Go to Processes tab and Locate GettingStarted.exe
c) Right click it and select End process.
Method 2
You may perform clean boot to see if any third party service is causing this issue.
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7 How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
Note : After troubleshooting follow Step 7: Reset the computer to start as usual
Method 3
If the issue still persists, you may perform System File Checker to repair missing or corrupted system files.
How to use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7
How to use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7
Method 4
You may run the virus scan from the link below to scan for viruses on your computer.
Microsoft Safety Scanner
Microsoft Safety Scanner - Free online tool for PC health and safety
Check if the issue is resolved.
Source: what is 'C;\ystem32\GettingStarted.exe'. and why -
There does not appear to be a problem with my GettingStarted.exe file, since it is still there, and I've never seen it in running processes either.

The file I deleted was 5afe4de1b92fc382.customDestinations-ms which did seem to have some kind of reference to the GettingStarted file.

Whatever was actually the case, I am very doubtful it was a virus (I ran every virus scan under the sun, and had done nothing which was likely to infect me). Just some kind of weird file corruption issue or something... who knows.


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